If you would like to know how to train effectively, without accumulating unnecessary miles, choose a training plan.



Half Marathon Training Plan for Advanced Runners [FREE]


This half marathon training plan is intended for advanced runners looking to improve their half marathon time.  In this article, you can also download a PDF half marathon training plan for advanced runners for FREE.

Before you start following the plan, it is recommended that you have already run at least one half marathon.

The training plan includes 12 weeks of training with 4 to 5 training sessions per week. For better clarity, it is divided into three parts:

  • 1-4 – Introductory – preparation for more intensive workouts
  • 5-8 – Specific – intensive and specific workouts
  • 10-12 – Taper – lower-volume training before the race

Every fourth week is easier and serves to recover and adapt your body to stress.

training plan - OLYRUN

Train smarter, run faster!

Take your running to the next level with a training plan designed for everyone who wants to train as efficiently as possible.

If this half marathon training plan seems too difficult for you, click here for an intermediate training plan.

Half Marathon Training Plan for Advanced Runners

Every runner is an individual for themself and each of us knows our body best. Therefore, adjust the training plan to your capabilities. If you feel tired, rest that day. However, don’t let a lack of discipline and motivation stop you from sticking to the plan and achieving your goal.

Example

You can run long runs on Saturday instead of Sunday. It is only important to make sure that you rest for a day after long runs and interval training.

Below is a 12-week half marathon training plan for advanced runners (in miles).

MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
WEEK 1RESTEASY RUN
4mi + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
 8 x 400m, P 1′
RESTEASY RUN 4mi or RESTTEMPO RUN
2 x 10′, P 3′
LONG RUN
6mi
WEEK 2RESTEASY RUN
4mi + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
 3 x 1500m, P 2′
RESTEASY RUN 4mi or RESTTEMPO RUN
20′
LONG RUN
7mi  
WEEK 3RESTEASY RUN
4mi + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
 10 x 400m, P 1′
RESTEASY RUN 4mi or RESTTEMPO RUN
3 x 8′, P 3′
LONG RUN
 8mi
WEEK 4RESTEASY RUN
4mi
FARTLEK 42′
10′ + 1′-2′-3′-4′-3′-2′-1′ with 1′ light jogging in between + 10′
RESTEASY RUN 4mi or RESTTEMPO RUN
15′
LONG RUN
 6mi
WEEK 5RESTEASY RUN
5mi + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
6 x 1000m, P 2′
RESTEASY RUN 4mi or RESTTEMPO RUN
3 x 10′, P 3′
LONG RUN
 7mi  
WEEK 6RESTEASY RUN
5mi + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
 8 x 500m, P 1′
RESTEASY RUN 4mi or RESTTEMPO RUN
25′
LONG RUN
 8mi
WEEK 7RESTEASY RUN
5mi + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
8 x 1000m, P 2′
RESTEASY RUN 4mi or RESTTEMPO RUN
3 x 12′, P 3′
LONG RUN
 10mi
WEEK 8RESTEASY RUN
4mi
FARTLEK 51′
10′ + 6′-5′-4′-3′-2′-1′ with 2′ light jogging in between + 10′
RESTEASY RUN 4mi or RESTTEMPO RUN
20′
LONG RUN
6mi
WEEK 9RESTEASY RUN
5mi + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
8 x 500m, P 1′
RESTEASY RUN 4mi or RESTTEMPO RUN
10′ + 15′ + 10′, P 3′
LONG RUN
 11mi
WEEK 10RESTEASY RUN
4mi + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
6 x 1000m, P 2′
RESTEASY RUN 4mi or RESTTEMPO RUN
30′
LONG RUN
 8mi
WEEK 11RESTEASY RUN
4mi + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
6 x 500m, P 1′
RESTEASY RUN 4mi or RESTTEMPO RUN
2 x 10′, P 3′
LONG RUN
 7mi
WEEK 12RESTEASY RUN
4mi
INTERVALS
4 x 1000m at race pace, P 2′
RESTRESTEASY RUN
3mi + 3 x 100m strides
RACE

Below is a 12-week half marathon training plan for advanced runners (in kilometers).

MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
WEEK 1RESTEASY RUN
6 km + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
 8 x 400m, P 1′
RESTEASY RUN 6 km or REST
TEMPO RUN
2 x 10′, P 3′
LONG RUN
10 km
WEEK 2RESTEASY RUN
6 km + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
 3 x 1500m, P 2′
RESTEASY RUN 6 km or RESTTEMPO RUN
20′
LONG RUN
12 km  
WEEK 3RESTEASY RUN
6 km + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
 10 x 400m, P 1′
RESTEASY RUN 6 km or RESTTEMPO RUN
3 x 8′, P 3′
LONG RUN
 14 km
WEEK 4RESTEASY RUN
6 km
FARTLEK 42′
10′ + 1′-2′-3′-4′-3′-2′-1′ with 1′ light jogging in between+ 10′
RESTEASY RUN 6 km or RESTTEMPO RUN
15′
LONG RUN
 10 km
WEEK 5RESTEASY RUN
8 km + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
6 x 1000m, P 2′
RESTEASY RUN 6 km or RESTTEMPO RUN
3 x 10′, P 3′
LONG RUN
 12 km  
WEEK 6RESTEASY RUN
8 km + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
 8 x 500m, P 1′
RESTEASY RUN 6 km or RESTTEMPO RUN
25′
LONG RUN
 14 km
WEEK 7RESTEASY RUN
8 km + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
8 x 1000m, P 2′
RESTEASY RUN 6 km or RESTTEMPO RUN
3 x 12′, P 3′
LONG RUN
 16 km
WEEK 8RESTEASY RUN
6 km
FARTLEK 51′
10′ + 6′-5′-4′-3′-2′-1′ with 2′ light jogging in between + 10′
RESTEASY RUN 6 km or RESTTEMPO RUN
20′
LONG RUN
 10 km
WEEK 9RESTEASY RUN
8 km + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
8 x 500m, P 1′
RESTEASY RUN 6 km or RESTTEMPO RUN
10′ + 15′ + 10′, P 3′
LONG RUN
 18 km
WEEK 10RESTEASY RUN
6 km + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
6 x 1000m, P 2′
RESTEASY RUN 6 km or RESTTEMPO RUN
30′
LONG RUN
 14 km
WEEK 11RESTEASY RUN
6 km + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
6 x 500m, P 1′
RESTEASY RUN 6 km or RESTTEMPO RUN
2 x 10′, P 3′
LONG RUN
 12 km
WEEK 12RESTEASY RUN
6 km
INTERVALS
4 x 1000m at race pace, P 2′
RESTRESTEASY RUN
5 km + 3 x 100m strides
RACE

Download FREE half marathon training plan for advanced runners

Structured half marathon training plan for advanced runners

Half marathon training plan for advanced runners includes a combination of different types of training: easy run, fartlek, interval, tempo run, long run, and strength training.

EASY RUN

Goal: it serves as a warm-up before a particular workout, as a cooldown after training, or for recovery, as a separate workout

Warm-up: if you are doing an easy run as a separate workout, for warm-up do mobility and dynamic stretching exercises

Cooldown: if you are doing an easy run as a separate workout, for cooldown do static stretching exercises

Pace: run by feel at a light intensity, you should feel comfortable and relaxed while running

Tip

You can’t run too slow when you jog, just too fast. A common mistake runners make is running too fast on days when they should be doing low-intensity workouts.

FARTLEK

Goal: improves speed and endurance, makes it easier to overcome the changes in pace during the race

Warm-up: 10 minutes of light, continuous running, without stopping, moving on to the main part of training

Cooldown: 10 minutes of light jogging, static stretching exercises

Pace: run by feel, without tracking your pace. Listen to your body. The pace varies from slow running up to 70% of your maximum speed. Run fast sections at a faster but controlled pace, at about 70% of your maximum, and run slow sections at an easy pace to recover and prepare yourself for a faster section.

Example: FARTLEK 42′ = 10′ + 1′-2′-3′-4′-3′-2′-1′ with 1′ of light jogging in between + 10′

42′ – total duration of fartlek is 42 minutes

10′ – 10 minutes of warm-up running at a light intensity

1′-2′-3′-4′-3′-2′-1′ with 1′ of light jogging in between – 1 minute of running at a faster pace, then 1 minute of running at an easy pace, then 2 minutes of running at a faster pace, then 1 minute with an easy pace, and so on until the end of the set number

10′ – 10 minutes of light jogging (cooldown)

Read more: What is Fartlek? (12 Creative Fartlek Training Examples)

INTERVALS

Goal: improve endurance and speed endurance, running economy, the body’s ability to break down lactic acid (increase the lactate threshold), and develop a sense of pace

Warm-up: 10 minutes of light jogging, mobility exercises, dynamic stretching exercises, running drills – 2 x 40m (ankling and high knees), and 3 x 60m strides

Cooldown: 10 minutes of light jogging, static stretching exercises

Pace: run the shorter intervals (400m, 500m) at a 5K race pace, and the longer intervals (1000m, 1500m) at a 10K race pace

Example: INTERVALS 6 x 1000 m, P 2′

  • Warm up as directed. Rest. Then run a total of 6 intervals of 1000m. After each interval, there is a break of 2 minutes of standing still. After you finish the main part of the workout, continue jogging (cool down according to the instructions).

TEMPO RUN

Goal: teaches your body to handle more lactic acid, improves endurance, improves running economy, delays tired legs, increases tolerance to discomfort, and helps control emotions when it becomes difficult

Warm-up: 10 minutes of light jogging

Cooldown: 10 minutes of light jogging

Pace: a pace at which you can run for about 60 minutes, between half-marathon pace and 16-kilometer run pace

Example: TEMPO RUN 3 x 10′, P 3′

  • Warm up as directed. Rest. Then run a total of 3 intervals of 10 minutes each. After each interval, there is a break of 3 minutes of standing still. After you finish the main part of the workout, continue jogging (cool down according to the instructions).

Example: TEMPO RUN 20’

  • Warm up according to the instructions and, without stopping, move on to the main part of the workout, that is, 20 minutes of running at the set pace. After the main part of the training has been done in continuity, do a cooldown according to the instructions.

LONG RUN

Goal: improves endurance, teaches the body to use fat as a fuel source, not glycogen or stored sugar, which results in a longer duration of glycogen stores and helps you avoid “hitting the wall”, builds your self-confidence and mental strength, enables you to test your equipment and try out refreshments to avoid possible inconveniences on race day

Warm-up: mobility exercises and dynamic stretching exercises

Cooldown: static stretching exercises

Pace: conversational pace, a pace at which you feel comfortable and are able to talk

STRIDES

Strides are gradual accelerations over distances between 60 and 100 meters. In this training plan, you will do them after light jogging or as a part of the warm-up before interval training.

Goal: developing speed and improving your running technique

Pace: they are performed at a pace that ranges from very light to 90% of your maximum speed

Read more: What Are Running Strides And How To Do Them?

STRENGTH TRAINING

In addition to running, add strength training. By strengthening the entire body, you will reduce your risk of injury, improve strength and stability, correct muscle imbalances, and therefore become faster.

Do strength training at least twice a week on days that suit you best.

Research has shown that it is optimal to do strength training 2 to 3 times a week over the course of 8 to 12 weeks to improve the running capabilities of more advanced middle- and long-distance runners.

During the last two weeks of training (weeks 11 and 12), avoid strength training so that you are rested before the start of the half marathon.

See strength training with all exercises in the article Strength Training for Runners (Top 19 Workout Exercises).

REST DAY

For progress, in addition to diversity, rest is also important. Don’t neglect your rest days, no matter how good you feel.

Tip

Adequate recovery is just as important as training. More training does not mean faster progress but, on the contrary, a greater risk of injury and overtraining.

Half marathon training plan for advanced runners (PDF)


matea-matosevic-running

Matea Matošević

Hi, I’m Matea! I’m an Olympic Marathon Runner, founder, and writer behind OLYRUN.com. On this site, I provide help in the form of my knowledge and experience to all who love running and active living. Read more…